John 2 (ESV)

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” 4 “Woman,[a] why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.[b] 7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. 8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now” . . . Continue Reading

Jesus’ first miracle, turning water into wine, displays the power He had over the material world (John 1:1-4). The six stone water jars were 20-30 gallons each (120-180 gallons total) and were filled to the brim with water. By filling these “jars”, it’s clear there is nothing being added to the water to make this miracle humanly possible.

The normal fermentation process takes time. It’s not like Kool-Aid, right? Jesus not only creates wine from water, he creates the best wine instantly – all to manifested His glory (John 2:11)!

This miracle, along with Jesus saying “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19), reveals the symbolic nature of Jesus’ teaching. There is often so much more being said than what we might see at first glance.

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